The Best Car Drying Towel for Car Detailing

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The Best Car Drying Towel for Car Detailing

Best Car Drying Towel for Car Detailing

Part of keeping your vehicle looking as good as new or even better is ensuring it is clean! Routine maintenance washes are a must, but what do you do when it comes to drying it? First and foremost, here at The Detail Nerds, we strongly recommend that you use an air blower of some sort. If an air dryer/blower is not an option for you, you probably ask yourself, what is the best car drying towel? Well, we have the answer for you!

Before we go onto the only towel, we use at this time for drying cars before detailing them; we want to cover a few things. First, we never use a towel on paint unless we are going to perform some sort of paint correction. Yup, you read that right. We are super anal, and if every little spec of scratch-causing material is not off the vehicle’s paint before drying, you can cause scratches. Blow drying is how we keep our vehicles and client vehicles show-car ready. Air drying is even quicker when the vehicle is ceramic coated, but we will save that for another post.

Back to why you are here, though, you are looking for the best car drying towel for car detailing and are not quite ready to invest in the only air blower we use here at The Detail Nerds. So please sit back and relax; here we go!

Microfiber Towel

The Only Car Drying Towel We Use Here at The Detail Nerds

We only use the Gyeon Quartz Q2M Silk Dryer car drying towel. This unit is super absorbent and can dry nearly all-sized cars and medium size trucks with just one towel. It also has high-wic fibers, which trap scratch, causing debris in its fibers, lessening the chance of dragging it across your paint. We love the Gyeon brand, and they did not fail to deliver with this high-absorbent towel.

How to Properly Dry Your Vehicle

  • Air Blower. Once again, the best way to dry your car which is what we strongly recommend is with a heated, filtered, air blower. We only use the Big Boi Model 5000. This unit has a dual motor, filtered air, is heated, and a 20-foot hose. The long hose allows us to mount the unit on the wall and still be able to dry even the largest trucks without unhooking it and moving it.
  • Gyeon Drying Towel. If the Big Boi is not an option, then the Gyeon Quartz Q2M Silk Dryer is the onlyother option for you. We always dry the roof first, followed by the pillars, and then the windows and windshields. We do not want water spots on your glass or have to clean them again. This is why we do the glass when we do. Once the glass is done, dry one panel at a time from the top down, side-to-side, in straight-line motions. Ensure you go in straight lines because straight scratches are easier to polish out than circular ones. We also recommend having two of these towels in the event you drop one. Never pick a towel up off the ground and continue drying!

How Not to Dry Your Car

We get it; you are in a pinch and try to find a shortcut. Or, like us, before becoming The Detail Nerds with rigorous training and research, you did not know there were proper ways to dry your vehicle. Either way, now you know there is an appropriate way, and if you are doing one of the methods below, stop them now!

Improper Drying Methods:

  • Air Dry. Man, oh man, are we guilty of this one in the past. Whether we were washing in our driveway or at an old-school self-serve wash, as soon as we were done, we would hop in the car and pretend we were leading the last lap of the Daytona 500. Instead of the checkered flag and instant fame that comes from winning the race, our checkered flag was a dry vehicle. The problem was the vehicle was never dry. Water always remained, which would leave water spots when baked on by the sun. Water spots left on your paint long enough, will require a paint correction (buffing/polish). Stop this method now!
  • Bathroom Towels. It may be tempting, seeing they are plentiful in your house, but do not do it. You are not washing these separately from other clothing, the proper detergent was not used, and they are not meant for vehicle paint. Using bath towels or standard cleaning rags is a surefire way to scratch up your beautiful paint.


If at all possible, get a blower to dry your vehicle. If your car or truck still needs to get a ceramic coating, look into that also. Secondary is the Gyeon Silk Drying Towel. Remember, we suggest having two in case you drop one during the drying method.

Drying a Tesla Model Y

One last tip, you may have an electric leaf blower for yard work. These can work to dry your vehicle also if you are careful. First, this should go without saying, but do not hit your car with the blower. Also, be mindful of all the dirt and debris that is on the ground around and under the vehicle you are washing. Ensure that you do not kick any of that up and blast it onto your paint. Start at the top of the vehicle and work your way down.

Ok. One more last tip. Make sure you are washing your vehicle correctly. You can learn how we wash our vehicles and clients’ vehicle by checking out one of our articles here.

Thanks again for reading, and please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you have. While we may not be able to work on your vehicle due to location limitations, we want to help everyone keep their vehicle looking show-room ready!

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